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New Zealand tasting notes

text and photographs © 2007 Tom Cannavan

These notes accompany our in-depth feature on New Zealand's South Island.


Oyster Bay, Sauvignon Blanc 2005
A touch of green, herbaceous character, with plenty of verve, and a fine tropical fruit quality coming through. Immediate blast of limey acidity, with plenty of vivid, waxy, tamarillo and waxy skinned fruit. Very vivid, with good fruit concentration. Lots of finesse and well judged herbaceousness.

Oyster Bay, Chardonnay 2005
Nice mealy, orangy richness. There's a biscuity richness to this with a touch of fat, green fig and crisp appley fruit. Good richness. Plenty of zing and zest, with a rich, flavoursome palate. Lots of crisp, zingy lemon acidity.

Oyster Bay, Pinot Noir 2005
A touch of meat stock and gravy character on the nose, with a little bit of beetroot and a mild green note. The palate has quite a lean, herbal quality too, with some earthy, schisty quality, and plenty of bite. There is zest and zing, but has a little bit too much alcohol and possibly a little bit too much sugar.

UK Agent: Delegat's Wine Estate (UK), Phone: 01442 299 350

for New Zealand South Island profiles, Oyster Bay